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Georgia (7-5) vs TCU (6-6)

 

The Liberty Bowl features two teams that had hugely disappointing seasons as Georgia and TCU face off. Georgia has as much talent as any team in the country and TCU has put together good teams with marginal talent for a decade now under Gary Patterson. This should be a fun matchup.

 

When Georgia Had The Ball: This is likely Nick Chubb’s last collegiate game and unlike several other top rated running backs Chubb will be playing. Chubb, along with Sony Michel, give Georgia a ferocious 2 back system that has the potential to put up huge numbers against TCU’s base defense. Jacob Eason is marginally effective as a passer and Georgia will win this game by running the ball.  TCU linebackers Travin Howard and Ty SUmmers combined for 238 tackles on the season (about 20 per game) and should expect to be busy.

 

When TCU Has The Ball: Kenny Hill has done a nice job of running the Horned Frogs offense by using a number of options. Led by Taj Williams and Kyle Hicks TCU has 6 receivers averaging over 1 catch per game. As a runner Hicks is effective but only used sparingly (188 carries on the season.)


Analysis: Georgia has a 10 turnover differential over TCU for the season. They are also better on third downs, both offensively and defensively. TCU has a group of veteran players that are used to making plays on both sides of the ball. Georgia has a ton of talent with little to show for it in terms of results. TCU has Gary Patterson, an excellent tactician. Georgia has Kirby Smart, making his first bowl appearance as a Head Coach. TCU struggled through the Big 12. Georgia struggled through the SEC, and has the more impressive wins. Georgia 30 -TCU 27.

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